The Boy and the Trout
Harry, a boy with a passion for fishing, visits his favourite place, a crystal-clear chalk stream where kingfishers dart and minnows abound. He is there to catch a trout. Will he be lucky? His quest turns into a small adventure, involving meeting lots of animals and other wildlife on the way.
This delightful story book, illustrated with delicate water colours, aims to encourage early primary school kids to follow Harry’s lead and go fishing whilst meanwhile enjoying the outdoors.
Author: Richard ffrench-Constant
Publisher: Brambleby Books
Year of Publication: 5 November 2019
Format and Pages: Hardback 32pp
ISBN: 978 1 908241 580
Retail Price: £9.99
Our Discount Price: £8.99
Sample text from The Boy and the Trout
A chalk stream is more than just a stream. It is a dream made real in crystal, where kingfishers dart and minnows abound. Into this dream comes Harry, a boy with a passion for fishing.
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Reviews and readers' comments
What a great present to inspire a youngster to love the outdoors. - Nigel Botherway, presenter of the Fisherman's Blue Talkshow
The books is because it is quite unusual in its style – it is a real mixture of poetry and prose and – as an English teacher for many years – it is a great way to help children identify poetic/figurative devices in prose. Some children may think ‘today we are doing poetry’ but, of course, poetry is all around in so many genres and it is wonderful for children to understand this. And the illustrations – they are beautiful and I found them almost nostalgic; the wellies and the hat – the pictures of rural Britain at its finest! - Ms Patterson, Head Teacher, Truro School Cornwall
THE Boy and the Trout, is a simple story and picture book aimed at 4-7 year olds, beautifully illustrated throughout with coloured line drawings by Laura Crees. Telling the story of a young boy, Harry, the book captures the magic of discovery of a river, its wildlife and the excitements of a fishing trip. A great way to inspire children to get out and enjoy the great outdoors. - Tim Jacklin, The Wild Trout Trust
The illustrations, which play an essential role in any book for this age group, are excellent throughout. A mixture of sketches and watercolours depict waterside scenes, wildlife studies and snapshots of the action. The watercolours have a dreamy quality which evokes the clear running water of a stream superbly; the pace, turbulence and movement of the water captured so well.
A key message from this book is that patience can bring its rewards. … Another good message for a children’s book is that, once Harry finally lands his first trout he quickly unhooks it, admires it for a moment and then releases it back into the stream. Although many trout are taken for the table, the majority of British freshwater anglers release fish purely for sport and practise catch & release. … So, does this book succeed in meeting its brief as an inspiration to children? I think so. - Andrew Kennedy, Just-Fish
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